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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Mar 15, 2014 8:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: "One of the worst melodies I ever wrote.” [Non-Dead]

I've been railing against this song for so long that I'm happy to finally hear it from the man himself. Billy Joel's songbook has a lot of ups and downs, in my opinion, but I think we can all agree that "We Didn't Start the Fire," as he now freely admits, is "one of the worst melodies [he] ever wrote."

http://www.salon.com/2014/03/14/billy_joel_kind_of_hates_we_didnt_start_the_fire_one_of_the_worst_melodies_i_ever_wrote/

Lots of people tell me that they were force-fed that song in their high school history classes as some kind of learning tool. What a disaster. I hated it the first time I heard it. Not only does it have no melody, more importantly it has no substance. It presents history as a cascade of "big events" that have no relationship to one another and culminate in, wait for it... "Cola Wars... I can't take it anymore!" Really? Cola wars put you over the top?

Rant over. That felt good.

This post was modified by snow_and_rain on 2014-03-16 03:37:12

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Mar 16, 2014 10:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'One of the worst melodies I ever wrote.” [Non-Dead]

I didn't know what the heck you were talking about, so I had to click on it on YouTube. That was not a public service on your part, because prior to today, I was mercifully innocent of all knowledge of that song. I had either never heard it or had blocked the memory, and you made me listen to 10 seconds of it.

After which I got the idea. He wrote my WORM poem.

See, in 7th grade,I'd forgotten to do my homework and had a few minutes before class. I quickly decided on a topic -- WORM -- and strung a bunch of adjectives together in the shape of a worm. It was a huge hit with the teacher.

That's what Billy Joel did. But he made more money with it.




This post was modified by AltheaRose on 2014-03-17 05:55:56